Anti-consumerism


Anti-consumerism&Seasonal18 Dec 2005 11:01 pm

A team of subversive Santas invaded London’s busiest shopping area (Oxford Street) on Saturday – click here for story.

Bad Santas

Santas against Shopping

Photos from London Rising Tide

I bet their antics didn’t make the slightest difference to those insane enough to brave the crowds, and I bet not one shopper opted to buy less on this particular day because of the protest. And of course they were thrown out of every shop they went into. But the fact they did it anyway gave me a bit of seasonal cheer. Ho ho ho.

Anti-consumerism&Pop culture&Seasonal&Self14 Dec 2005 02:30 pm

Saturnalia by Antoine-Fran├žois Callet Before December slouches on any further, I feel duty-bound to tell you something.

I don’t enjoy the Christmas/New Year season much. It’d be fair – if somewhat understated – to say that I am looking forward to February.

In the circumstances, please don’t be perturbed if you are unable to detect festive joy in these pages, or if I turn into a royal pain in the booty. Similarly, don’t take it personally if my comments on your blogs lose their bounce and become distinctly lacklustre. I’m not asking for sympathy or suggestions, just patience. My melancholy will pass, as all things do.

Of course, I shall quite understand if you choose not to visit me again until February. The blog may well be a bit of a downer, if you’re in full tinsel-and-baubles mode.

Secondly, as I don’t celebrate the festival as the birth of Jesus, I have decided to revert to calling it Saturnalia from now on.

It probably won’t make me love Overdraftmas any more than I do now, but let’s give it a go.

Tangential Foxy anecdote: Saturnalia is also the name of an ill-fated club night I almost put on in Shoreditch a few winters ago. It all fell apart when a friend – who was waaaaay more experienced as a club promoter – booked his event for another local club on the same night, including all the bands I had naively made only verbal agreements with. Ho ho ho.

(NB: this is not the source of my yuletide misery; I bear no grudge. The friend in question is now plying his wily trade in New York, and I’m most proud.)

Er… I was just about to concoct an excruciatingly laboured joke about myrrh-der on the dancefloor, but let’s leave it there, shall we?

Anti-consumerism&Seasonal12 Dec 2005 12:05 pm

Buy Nothing Christmas - click for link

Activism&Anti-consumerism26 Nov 2005 01:05 am

Today is British Buy Nothing Day. Enjoy!

Anti-consumerism&Random life20 Jun 2005 09:06 pm

This, on the other hand, is a great idea.

Activism&Anti-consumerism&Global politics25 Jan 2005 11:24 pm

10,000 people protested outside the Bush inauguration. From reading the mainstream media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was just a few dozen anarchic cranks taking a day off from knitting hemp ponchos.

“Contrary to the idiot pronouncements of the corporate media, there is no ‘anti-globalisation’ movement. There is instead a massive, articulate and energetic movement for an alternative form of globalisation, a movement which is passionately committed to the cause of global justice. It is inspiring to be part of this.

It is both easy and difficult to join. First of all, you must be able to convince yourself that global justice is something to be valued more than the inducements of a privileged western lifestyle. Get past the idea that a global free market economy is the only thing that can keep a roof over your head, provide good schools and health care and throw big, big parties. It isn’t. But we all need to stop believing it is and start to move forward, dispelling the myths, exposing the lies, and developing together a new practice. Because the cost of not doing so is just too high.”

Anti-consumerism23 Nov 2004 03:55 pm

This Saturday 27 November (or Friday 26 November if you’re in the USA) is Buy Nothing Day.

The official website says:

“For 24 hours, millions of people around the world do not participate — in the doomsday economy, the marketing mind-games, and the frantic consumer-binge that’s become our culture. We pause. We make a small choice not to shop. We shrink our footprint and gain some calm. Together we say to Exxon, Nike, Coke and the rest: enough is enough. And we help build this movement to rethink our unsustainable course.”

It’s a simple but effective way to take back a moment of power. This weekend, let’s not waste our precious time shopping. Links have been in the sidebar for a while, but here they are again. Click and join in!

Activism&American politics&Anti-consumerism&Pop culture&Self17 Nov 2004 01:59 am

It may shock regular readers to learn this, but I only saw Fahrenheit 9/11 for the first time today. Ha.

Anti-consumerism&Seasonal11 Nov 2004 01:49 am

Worried about the impending cost of Christmas? Stressed about all that hellish shopping? Anxious about those January credit card statements? Concerned that those expensive gifts aren’t even wanted or needed by the recipients? Irritated by the way the shops are full of cards, decorations, wrapping paper and artificial snow in October? Getting a sick feeling in your stomach at the idea already?

Worry no more! With Buy Nothing Christmas, you can reclaim the festive season.

Best of all, you can have a bankruptcy-free New Year. Because you’re worth it.


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